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Questions Top100 DJs 2011 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:09

Electronic dance music
Best known for: 
Playing live with wireless keyboards
Tune of the year: 
Roger Shah & Sian Kosheen 'Hide U/Shine'
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2011: 
Thomas Gold.
What's the future of DJing: 
More live elements
Favourite app: 
Ableton Live, it's very important for my shows.”
Discovery of the year: 
I still discover Ibiza again every year.”
Rediscovery of the year: 
Sunlounger 'White Sand', I got a request to play this classic in a show, with a huge response.
Awkward Moment: 
I was sick for two weeks during my Ibiza residency, so I couldn't do anything
Style or substance: 
It depends on your point of view. For me, it's substance
Pet Hate: 
A dog, because I had a bad experience when younger.
Amazingly, despite the sun-kissed, optimistic glare of his Balearic-trance sound, this summer was the first time that German DJ and producer Roger Shah held a residency in Ibiza, at Gatecrasher. “The big difference to playing something like Armada for Armin is that people come from all over the world to see you,” he recalls happily on the messages that flooded his Facebook all season. Ironically, 2011 was also when Roger spread his wings, both musically and geographically - with an on-going world tour already covering Australia, Eastern Europe and the UK - for new album 'Openminded', the first under his own full name. “At home I listen to lots of different music so why produce one genre? That's the main idea behind the album,” he says. Split between a stylistically-diverse club CD and another “showing my skills as a composer”, something that has seen Hollywood come knocking, the highlight was undoubtedly working with Sian of Kosheen - “my all-time favourite band” - who not only provided vocals for his tracks but also a huge new version of 'Hide U'. “That's why you do an album, to show your diversity as an artist,” he exclaims proudly, the DJ diary already full till next summer. “Not too many people complained, so I'm happy!” JOE ROBERTS